(Head Honcho)
10/23/12 05:39 PM
Apple Announces 13" MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Apple today announced the 13" MacBook Pro with Retina display. It's available today according to Apple with a $1,699 starting price. If you shrunk the 15" MacBook Pro Retina, you'd have the 13.3" model. It has two Thunderbolt ports, USB 3.0, HDMI, an SD card slot and SSD drives. The base model has 4 gigs of RAM and a 128 gig SSD drive. For $2,000 you can get 8 gigs of RAM and a 256 gig SSD drive. It runs on third gen Intel Core CPUs.

The IPS Retina display is 2560 x 1600 resolution, making it the second highest resolution laptop, second only to the 15" MacBook Pro with Retina display. Apple claims improved contrast from the 300 nit panel. The Mac is only 0.75" thick and it's 3.4 lbs., a pound lighter than the standard 13" MacBook Pro.


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Here's the official announcement:

Apple today introduced an all-new version of its popular 13-inch MacBook Pro featuring a stunning Retina display and all flash storage in a new compact design. At a mere 0.75 inches and 3.57 pounds, the remarkably portable 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is 20 percent thinner and almost a pound lighter than the current 13-inch MacBook Pro.

The new MacBook Pro packs more than 4 million pixels into its 13-inch Retina display, nearly twice the number of pixels in an HD television. At 227 pixels per inch, the Retina display’s pixel density is so high the human eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels at a normal viewing distance, so images look sharp and text looks like it does on the printed page. With four times the pixels of the current 13-inch MacBook Pro, you can view and edit video in pixel-accurate 1080p and see a new level of detail in high resolution images. The 13-inch Retina display uses IPS technology for a 178-degree wide viewing angle, and has 75 percent less reflection and 28 percent higher contrast than the current generation.

Featuring flash storage that is up to four times faster than traditional notebook hard drives, the all-new MacBook Pro is extremely responsive, whether it’s waking from sleep or launching your favorite apps. Fast flash storage combined with the latest Intel dual-core processors gives the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display plenty of power to run your most demanding apps with ease.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display features 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 processors with the option to choose faster 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7 processors, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 8GB of 1600 MHz memory, and up to 768GB of flash storage. Two Thunderbolt and two USB 3.0 ports allow users to connect to multiple displays and high-performance devices, and a new HDMI port offers quick connectivity to an HDTV. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display also features a FaceTime HD camera, dual microphones, improved speakers, three-stream 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a MagSafe 2 power port.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro battery delivers up to 7 hours of wireless productivity and can remain in standby for up to 30 days. With the all new Power Nap feature in OS X Mountain Lion, your MacBook Pro with Retina display stays up to date while it sleeps. Power Nap automatically refreshes Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, and Photo Stream, and when the notebook is plugged in, downloads software updates and backs up your Mac using Time Machine.

Continuing Apple’s commitment to energy efficiency and the environment, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display meets stringent Energy Star 5.2 requirements and achieves an EPEAT Gold rating. Each unibody enclosure is made of highly recyclable aluminum and comes standard with energy efficient LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. Apple notebooks contain no brominated flame retardants, are PVC-free and are constructed of highly recyclable materials.

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display ships with OS X Mountain Lion, bringing Messages, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, AirPlay Mirroring, Dictation, Game Center and the enhanced security of Gatekeeper to your Mac. With iCloud built into the foundation of OS X, Mountain Lion makes it easier than ever to keep your content up to date across your Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Pricing & Availability
The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available with a 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory and 128GB of flash storage starting at $1,699 (US); and with 256GB of flash storage starting at $1,999 (US). Configure-to-order options include faster dual-core Intel Core i7 processors and flash storage up to 768GB. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available today through the Apple Online Store (, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.


(Moderator and writer)
10/24/12 04:16 PM
Re: Apple Announces 13" MacBook Pro with Retina Display

I have been wanting this for months, but I must say I am disappointed, not in the product but in the price.

The default configurations have small "hard drives" and no i7 processors. If you BTO in an i7 and a larger drive, then it literally costs just as much as the 15-inch model, in spite of having a smaller screen and no Nvidia discrete graphics card. So unless you have unlimited money and extremely limited desk space, it's hard for me to figure out why you would buy this rather than just getting the 15-inch.

The higher model should come with an i7 for no additional charge, and the 512 GB drive BTO upgrade should be cheaper. It currently costs about $500! The difference in price between a 256 GB SSD and a 512 GB SSD is certainly not $500, and while it's conceivable that the proprietary components in a Retina MacBook would be somewhat more expensive than a standard SSD, I think $500 is just too much.

(Head Honcho)
10/24/12 04:42 PM
Re: Apple Announces 13" MacBook Pro with Retina Display

I agree with you. The 13" Retina seems to exist just to make the 15" Retina look like a better buy! It is a shame because a lot of folks want a highly portable machine these days. I do suspect that thermal constraints resulted in no dedicated graphics option. But the Core i5 and HD 4000 graphics just don't impress like the standard Core i7 quad core and GT650M graphics in the 15" model. *sigh*

Apple's SSD pricing has always been steep, that doesn't surprise me.

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